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Muc-Off Bike Cleaner Review

Review Date 01 December 2014

By Sharon Parker

Muc-Off bike cleaner claims to use Nano technology to break down dirt, mud and grime on your motorbike without using CFCs, solvents or any dangerous chemicals or acids. It's also biodegradable so you know it is safe for you, your bike and the planet.

So now I know it is safe for the planet I can get a warm pink fuzzy feeling while using it. But errrr what is Nano technology? Well ok I kind of know what nanotechnology is, that being technology on the tiny atomic scale. But how does that relate to a bike cleaner? Well apparently in Muc-Off's case the nano technology breaks down dirt and grime on microscopic levels.

Right err now that the science is all as clear as mud is this cleaner actually any good at getting rid of mud?

I have been using Muc-Off Bike cleaner for over a year now and I have been very happy with it. It definitely aids the ease of washing away the dirt, mud and grime off your bike. 

The directions tell you to pre-wet your bike, spray on the cleaner, and leave for 3 to 5 minutes. Agitate stubborn grime with a brush and rinse off thoroughly. Which is pretty much what I do although I additionally scrub the bike all over with a cloth as well as using a brush on the really filthy bits. I have not found that any dirt, however slight, just magically disappears without some kind of rubbing. Therefore do not think you can just spray on and wash off without any actual rubbing and scrubbing involved at all. But it certainly does lessen the amount of actual scrubbing required. The dirt does wipe of much more easily.

It really is incredibly easy to use as it is safe to use all over the bike. As well as general road dirt bugs and flies wipe off easily after a spray with the cleaner as does tar and oil.

One gripe I often hear about this product is its price. It certainly is not the cheapest option available. However if you shop around you can actually pick up the 5 litre refills for around the half price mark of £12 rather that the rrp of £25. It also goes a long way with one application usually being enough to remove the dirt on the bike. I ride all year and my bike gets washed frequently. I only use about 5 litres in a year so seeing I picked up the refill myself for £11.99 I think that is a rather small price for a safe, effective and very simple to use bike cleaning product.

I have absolutely no complaints about Muc-Off Bike Cleaner so I give it 10/10.

a bottle of the pink Muc-off bike cleaning solution with spray nozzle
Good stuff if you like a clean machine.

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Reader's Comments

Ian Whittaker said :-

Hi my comment is that you can dilute it by 50% with water and it still works just as well so saving 50% on the price so its not as dear as it sounds
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Sharon said :-
Cheers for the tip Ian. I will dilute by 50% as you suggested and let you know how I get on.
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Steven Brown said :-
Im a little disappointed with muc off
Doesnt clean chain lube off rear wheel needs degreasant first
For general cleaning its no better than a halfords car shampoo that ive used for years
Sorry folks just my experience
21/09/2016 05:41:37 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Nowt wrong with putting ya tuppence in Steven Brown. I know Sharon swears by muc off but I'm with you, it's no good for thick blobs of chain lube stuck to your rear wheel, number plate or behind the sprocket cover. For me personally you just can beat a bit of paraffin.

The shampoo is for the shiny bits. Halfords car shampoo is cheap and a bit waxy and as far as a heathen like I can tell...as good as any expensive brand.
21/09/2016 15:18:01 UTC
Pocketpete said :-
Asda car wax shampoo seems fine. My bikes going to be used more throughout the winter now I have decent waterproofs.

Someone suggested spraying the bike with acf50 I have never used it does it clean and protect as stated or is their a cheaper better alterative
21/09/2016 15:34:09 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I hear a lot of folks who think ACF50 is the best thing ever! I've no personal experience myself though as I'd be far too tight to buy a can. I've not heard of any specific alternative.
22/09/2016 12:45:39 UTC
Sharon said :-
I use Muc-Off Bike Spray. Review is here

bikesandtravels.com/biker.aspx?ride=721


22/09/2016 20:33:51 UTC
Pocketpete said :-
I will get a can and do a review then. It is quite expensive £ 15+ per can might be interesting to see if it's any good.


23/09/2016 10:36:56 UTC
Sharon said :-
Steven,

You are quite right Muc-Off does not get of sticky chain lube with ease. But I have found a product that does. It is a waterless wash and wax product. Keep reading because I am doing a review on it and it will be coming here soon.
28/09/2016 22:32:05 UTC
Sharon said :-
Here you go Steven a possible solution for that chain lube removal as well as as great overall cleaner and polish.
www.bikesandtravels.com/biker.aspx?ride=924 ...
29/09/2016 14:38:28 UTC
Neil Robinson said :-
I've bought a 1 litre bottle of muc off,going to see if it works on my new scoot.

Yamaha xmax 400R abs
28/10/2016 20:51:45 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
X-MAX 400! Now that's a scoot! It looks like a shiny brand new scoot too. I'd love to hear how you get on with it Neil.
29/10/2016 09:58:49 UTC
Michael Stride said :-
Folks, GT85 is great for cleaning an oily rear wheel, if you use a chain oiler, as I do. I gave sprays and waxes the heave-ho, they gunk up the final drive sprocket area something terrible over time, even the so called non-fling ones. I have some Dirt Magio biodegradable for a hurried wash, or any car shampoo when not pushed for time. An occasional wipe down of the drive chain with paraffin on some kitchen roll is very good, although it stays clean for a long time, now that I lube it with EP 90 gear oil. The fling off with this takes most of the crap with it.

An early Merry Xmas 2017 to you all.
02/12/2017 12:37:54 UTC
Michael Stride said :-
Dirt Mag{g}io = Dirt Magic, unless you're Italian and shit hot at baseball !
02/12/2017 12:40:20 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Seasonal greetings Michael! Sharon and I use a mix of gear oil, grease and used engine oil as lube. Cheap, effective and as you suggest the fling takes muck with it.

I can't comment on cleaning. My definition of cleaning happens when I remove parts and use paraffin or petrol to get oil\lube off.
04/12/2017 07:59:18 UTC
 

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